Best Golf Driver Length

All of the major name brand golf manufacturers build their stock drivers to lengths of at least 45"...some even 46". This would be fine for expert golfers, however 90% of all golfers score over 100 for 18 holes on a regulation course (I'm sure that some will disagree with my 90% figure, but they have no idea what they are talking about).

Now back to my original point - these longer club lengths that the golf companies are selling are completely wrong for "my" 90% demographics. The club is too hard to effectively control and the golfer ends up spending his entire round off in the water, woods, high grass or desert. So what does the golfer do?

He starts using his much shorter length #3 wood (or #5 wood) to tee off with in the hope of keeping his drive in the fairway. Now these fancy Callaway or Taylormade drivers cost a minimum of $250 and they end up sitting in the golf bag. Every once in a while, the golfer pulls it out to hit and realized that nothing has changed. So having said all this, what length of driver should the average golfer buy?

Well, the chart below gives a good starting point when considering what length will work best. Rarely if ever do I ever recommend a driver longer than 44½". What also needs to be considered is the club head weight. Most driver heads are 198-200 grams. By making this type of driver a length of 44" or 43½", I would also have to add some weight to the club head for the correct feel. However, there is a driver head that weighs 210 grams (similar to a #3 wood) that fulfills the need for the necessary extra weight AND is also a large (460cc) titanium head. This is our XS Thriver club head. This club will help most golfers achieve success off the tee and give more confidence.

Golfer Handicap Group

Driver Length

(inches)

Average Distance

(carry in yards)

Average Misdirection

(yards off center of fairway)

24-36 (Score=96-108)

45"

44"

43"

206.4

207

207.3

+/- 25.3

+/- 21.3

+/- 16.7

18-23 (Score=90-95)

45"

44"

43"

214.2

214.8

215.7

+/- 26.4

+/- 22.7

+/- 17

12-17 (Score=82-89)

45"

44"

43"

221.3

222.5

222.8

+/- 23.5

+/- 18.1

+/- 15.1

6-11 (Score=76-81)

45"

44"

43"

227.1

228.1

228.4

+/- 18.2

+/- 15.6

+/- 11.8

0-5 (Score=70-75)

45"

44"

43"

238.7

238.3

237.5

+/- 15.7

+/- 12.2

+/- 9.7

Chart courtesy of Tom Wishon Book 12 Myths That Could Wreck Your Game

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